Welcome to the Art of the Americas department at the MFA. Our world-class collection encompasses paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts created throughout North, Central, and South America over 3,000 years. The Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum integrates these works across four floors and forty-nine galleries, inviting audiences to consider them in global contexts, shaped by histories of migration and cultural exchange.
Visitors to the Art of the Americas galleries encounter masterworks that span geography, culture, and media. Level LG (Lower Ground) of the Wing features art of the ancient Americas and Native American art, as well as early colonial New England decorative arts and paintings. Level One spotlights the historic figures and material culture of Revolutionary-era Boston, including John Singleton Copley’s famous portrait of Paul Revere and the silversmith’s Sons of Liberty Bowl, along with examples of Spanish colonial art that were the products of global trade. Level Two showcases cross-cultural influences in 19th-century decorative arts, sculpture, and painting, including John Singer Sargent’s The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. Level Three explores 20th-century art, highlighting a range of artistic responses to the modern age across the Americas, among them Frida Kahlo’s Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia).
With more than 16,000 objects in our care, curators in the Art of the Americas department are committed to presenting many creative voices, some previously underrepresented at the MFA, including women artists, artists of color, self-taught or folk artists, Native American artists, and artists from Latin America. Brought together, these diverse artistic visions inspire us and enrich our understanding of the Americas.